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The Centre for Lifelong Learning and Individualised Cognition (CLIC) invites applications for the position of Research Assistant.

The Centre for Lifelong Learning and Individualised Cognition (CLIC), funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in Singapore and coordinated through the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES), is a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the University of Cambridge. CLIC is a flagship programme in the Science of Learning to harness advancements in neuroscience to develop cognitive training programmes for the improvement of lifelong flexible learning, focusing initially on adolescents and young adults, but also envisaging work with infants and older adults. This is a strategic global initiative for the Universities of Cambridge and NTU that brings together multidisciplinary expertise from over 30 investigators in the areas of Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics and Education across the two universities.

Nanyang Technological University is a research intensive university currently ranked 13th globally and placed 1st amongst the world's best young universities. The University has Colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and an Interdisciplinary Graduate School. Further, the new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine benefits from a dual campus located at Novena, in close proximity to the Singapore city centre. The Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre (CoNiC) houses state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities including a newly installed 3T MRI scanner and MEG, as well as new EEG, NIRS, TMS and tDCS equipment.

The first phase of the CLIC program will initially be housed at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. As the programme progresses, other sites will be developed to meet the needs of the experimental programme. The new CLIC research centre will provide a vibrant, fast-paced, international and interdisciplinary environment with excellent opportunities for skills development and knowledge exchange between partner Principal Investigator labs in Singapore and Cambridge.

The Principal Investigators involved in the first phase of the research programme include:

From Cambridge: Director Professor Zoe Kourtzi (Psychology), Senior Scientific Advisor Professor Trevor Robbins (Psychology), Deputy Directors Professor Henriette Hendriks (Linguistics), Professor Michelle Ellefson (Education), and Imaging Lead - Professor John Suckling (Psychiatry); supported by co-Investigators Prof Barbara Sahakian (Psychiatry).

From NTU: Director Professor Annabel Chen (Psychology), Deputy Director Assoc Prof Victoria Leong (Psychology), Imaging Lead - Professor Balázs Gulyas (LKCMedicine), and Principal Investigators Professor David Hung (NIE) and Assoc Prof Georgios Christopoulos (Nanyang Business School); supported by co-Investigator Dr Teo Chew Lee (NIE).

Key Responsibilities:
  • Participants recruitment, participant handling
  • Manage research data and maintain research records
  • Inform study design and collect primary data
  • Responsible for data coding and entry
  • Conduct analysis of data and summarise research findings
  • Conduct literature reviews for publications and research briefings
  • Assist with preparing academic publications (e.g., journal, conference, book)
  • Contribute to the production of research reports
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research findings
  • Perform other tasks as required by the Principal Investigators
  • Support the recruitment of approximately 400 young adults (18 - 30 years) from vocational institutions (e.g. ITE, polytechnics and universities) as well as from the general working population via community sampling (e.g. community centres, clinics, via social media platforms).
  • Organize the collection of datasets
  • Overview and standardize protocols for data coding, data entry and data analysis for the datasets
  • Assist with the preparation of conference presentations journal papers
  • Other administrative duties

Essential requirements:
  • Diploma, Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Neuroscience (Basic, Cognitive or Computational), Economics, Linguistics, Business or related disciplines
  • Good knowledge of statistics and statistical packages, especially R and SPSS
  • Prior experience in conducting, collecting data for and analysing surveys, psychological testing (computerised), behavioural testing and cognitive experiments
  • Experience in producing reports
  • Good IT skills (Office®)
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and able to work within given deadlines

Preferred requirements:
  • Background in factor analytics methods
  • Data management experience with REDCap
  • Training / research experience in experimental, cognitive, or social psychology, psycholinguistics or behavioral economics
  • Research experience / data collection in Singapore is preferred (though not necessary)
  • Prior experience with interdisciplinary work and teams
  • Prior experience working with Singaporean organizations / business
  • Prior experience with academic publication processes and reports
  • Preference for working collaboratively in teams
  • Self-directed learner who effectively picks up relevant skills as needed
  • Experience in acquiring brain imaging data (Optional)

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Hiring Institution: NTU
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